Singapore accedes to UN protocol against trafficking in persons

This article was published in TODAY, 29 September 2015, http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-accedes-un-protocol-against-trafficking-persons

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SINGAPORE — Singapore has acceded to the United Nations protocol against trafficking in persons, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a news release today (Sept 29).

The UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (UN TIP Protocol), which supplements the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC), seeks to prevent and combat trafficking in persons (TIP), protect and assist trafficked victims, and promote cooperation among states.

The instrument of accession, signed by Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam, was deposited yesterday at the UN Treaty Event in New York held from Sept 28 to Oct 1.

Since its launch in 2010, the Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons has made significant progress in implementing the National Plan of Action (NPA) to combat TIP through a “4P” strategy of Prevention, Prosecution, Protection and Partnership, the MHA said.

The accession to the UN TIP Protocol is a key deliverable of the NPA, and follows the enactment of the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act on 1 March 2015.

Mr Marvin Sim, Co-chair of the Taskforce and Senior Director, Joint Operations Group, Ministry of Home Affairs, said: “Accession to the UN TIP Protocol represents Singapore’s commitment to combat all forms of trafficking in persons. This is an important step towards stronger cooperation with international law enforcement agencies in fighting this transnational crime. At the same time, we will continue to work closely with domestic partners to raise public awareness, strengthen enforcement, and enhance the provision of care to trafficked victims.”

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